Elmore Smith is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. In 1972, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. His NBA career spanned from 1971 to 1979. In that time, he played for four teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Elmore Smith was born on May 9, 1949, in Macon, Georgia in the United States of America. He stands 213 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 113 kg.

After his time in the NBA, he started a barbeque sauce business. He is also associated with Elnore Smith’s Smokehouse Restaurant.

Position Center
Height / weight 2.13 m / 113 kg
Born 9 May 1949
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Team History
Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 1977 - 1979
Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 1975 - 1977
Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 1973 - 1975
Buffalo Braves Buffalo Braves 1971 - 1973

High School and College Career

He attended the Ballard-Hudson High School in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. Later, he went on to play collegiate basketball for Kentucky State University from 1968 to 1971.

In college, he was teammates with Travis Grant. Lewis is known for his rebounding skill.

Professional Career

Lewis turned pro when he joined the NBA in 1971. He was the third overall pick of the first round and was chosen by the Buffalo Braves. In his first year with the team, he was named to the 1972 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

In 1973, he left the Braves and started playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was with the Lakers from 1973 to 1975. From 1975 to 1977, he played for the Milwaukee Bucks. Later, in 19787, he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers and played his last two seasons with the team.

In his later years in the NBA, he suffered from knee injuries. He retired from the NBA in 1979.

Career Highlights

  • 1972 - NBA All-Rookie First Team
  • 1974 - NBA blocks leader

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